Council created to energize new generation of beef industry leaders
Western Livestock Journal
Providing an opportunity for young people to be more involved in the future of the beef industry, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has created the Young Producers’ Council (YPC). The YPC encourages NCBA members from ages 18 to 35 to be involved on policy committees, interact with other young producers, enhance their leadership abilities, further their professional development, and take advantage of regular NCBA benefits. Membership in the YPC is free to NCBA members. YPC was authorized through interim policy passed in July by NCBA Policy Division board members at the Cattle Industry Summer Conference.
COOL is here
High Plains Journal
This week, a long-debated and controversial issue began its implementation. Country-of-origin labeling (COOL) has been a part of the law since 2002, but was delayed in 2004 and again in 2005 for beef, pork and other products.
On the surface, COOL seems like a good idea. A big “USA” stamp on a juicy KC strip-what more could the consumer ask for? But the problem is that the consumers didn’t ask for it-some cattlemen did. They hope that by putting the USA label in front of consumers, they will choose American beef and close the door to their foreign competitors.
Incident Command Makes Disaster Response Effective
MSU Ag Communications
Mississippi State — Disaster response training will make members of Mississippi State University’s Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine better prepared to respond to major emergency events than they were three years ago when Hurricane Katrina hit.
In the disaster’s aftermath, then-vice president Vance Watson felt the division could help the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, or MEMA, handle health and safety issues regarding recovery. Watson is now in a position as MSU’s interim president to promote the role of the university in the state’s comprehensive emergency management plan.
Another Change In Antibiotic Use Is Coming
There are some changes coming in our industry’s ability to use antibiotics.
Since the Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act (AMDUCA) went into effect in 1996, a food-animal producer has been able to use antibiotics for extralabel uses provided it is under the direction of a licensed veterinarian within a valid veterinary-client-patient relationship (VCPR) and the requirements of the regulations have been met. Prior to AMDUCA, extralabel use was technically illegal but was allowed under regulatory discretion by the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM).
Agronomist discusses factors to consider when planning dual-purpose wheat crop
High Plains Journal
Growing wheat as a forage crop and as a grain crop is a way for producers to boost the income from their wheat operation. But, there are factors to consider when using wheat as a dual-purpose crop, according to Kansas State University agronomist Jim Shroyer.
“Moisture is always a consideration at planting time, but this year we’ve had good moisture across most of the state except the southwest,” said Shroyer, assessing the outlook for planting a crop that will support both forage and grain production. “In fact, in some areas it’s been a little too wet–a somewhat unusual occurrence for late summer in Kansas.”
Feeding Heavier Cattle Fewer Days
High feed costs in recent months have made it attractive to “grow” cattle to heavier weights and feed them fewer days than usual, but there are factors to consider, a Kansas State University animal scientist said.
“Americans and most export customers are accustomed to the taste and tenderness of `grain-fed´ beef,” said Michael Dikeman, meat scientist with K-State Research and Extension. “Over the years, cattle feeders have fed cattle high-grain diets to attain maximum performance and near-maximum marbling. We have created a consistent product that consumers like and have come to expect.”
Poor Temperament Adversely Affects Profit
October is a traditional weaning and culling time for spring-calving herds. This is a time when producers decide which cows no longer are helpful to the operation and which heifer calves will be kept for future replacements. Selecting against ill-tempered cattle has always made good sense. Wild cattle are hard on equipment, people, other cattle, and now we know that they are hard on the bottom line.
Natural beef producer markets to Montana Ranch Brand, others
By SUE ROESLER
The Prairie Star
Daryl Zarak, a natural beef producer west of South Heart, zips on his coveralls to protect against the bitter wind chills on a January morning and heads outside to begin feeding calves at 7 a.m.
Even with the added efficiency of using pre-processed corn and barley in the feed mix, it will take him until nearly 11 a.m. to finish the work.
Zarak has been running a substantial natural beef operation for the past several years. He has his own calves and buys other spring calves from producers in the region, feeding about 600 calves a day in his feedlot at home. When the calves reach about 800 pounds, he ships them down south to two or three different feedlots in Nebraska.
Four companies join forces to build bridges between consumers, producers
Tri State Neighbor
Four companies announced Feb. 8 a joint effort to build bridges between consumers and beef producers.
Consumer First Beef Partners comprises Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB), Pfizer Animal Health, Land O’ Lakes Purina Feed LLC and Drovers/food360. The four companies represent key components of meeting consumer demand – genetics, health, nutrition and information.
U.S. welcomes increased beef exports to South Korea
The Prairie Star
An agreement has been reached with South Korea that allows for greater importation of U.S. beef.
South Korea’s markets for U.S. beef were shut down following the finding of a BSE case in the U.S. in late 2003.
The third largest export market for U.S. beef prior to the BSE finding, South Korea has been slow to reopen markets. The policy change allows U.S. beef and beef products of all ages to enter South Korea. The protocol is consistent with World Animal Health Organization and prevailing international standards.
Here’s the beef?
The Hays Daily News
The city of Victoria is deeply entwined with Angus cattle, and that’s no bull.
It can’t be known for certain, but the town of about 1,200 might never have existed if it weren’t for the efforts of Scottish cloth merchant turned cattleman George Grant, who founded the city and introduced the first four Angus cattle to America in 1873.
Times have changed since then, and Angus cattle have become increasingly popular since the “freak” hornless animals — as ranchers of the time referred to them — first roamed the Kansas prairies.
It was the appreciation for Grant and the effect he had on the American beef industry that gathered folks in Victoria near the memorial built in his honor, in the cemetery that shares his name, for the Kansas Angus Association field day last weekend.
David Burton: Conference to help beef producers cut costs
Feed, fuel, fertilizer expenses challenge area cattle farmers.
University of Missouri Extension will host the first Southwest Missouri Beef Conference starting at 4 p.m. Oct. 16 at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar.
The theme for the evening will be “Coping with High Input Costs.”
Beef producers are experiencing unprecedented increases in the cost of production, primarily the three F’s (feed, fuel and fertilizer) according to Wesley Tucker, agriculture business specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
Beef Cattle Sale Set for November 7 at PSU
PSU Ag Science News
UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State’s 97th anniversary Angus Production Sale, November 7 at the University Park campus, should generate more than $100,000 for the College of Agricultural Sciences, share highly desired, top-quality Angus genetics with beef producers across the East and reaffirm Penn State’s reputation as an institution that maintains a first-class breeding operation.
But according to John Comerford, associate professor of dairy and animal science and coordinator of the university’s beef cattle program, those aren’t the biggest benefits.
Keep safety in mind when working with livestock, equipment
Production agriculture consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous of all American industries. A recent National Safety Council study ranks beef cattle farms and dairy operations as second and third respectively among all agricultural enterprises in the number of injuries per hour of work. Animals are involved in 17 percent of all farm injuries, equivalent to the number of accidents involving farm machinery.
Understanding A Forage Analysis
Livestock are most productive when fed a ration balanced according to their nutrient needs. Unfortunately, many rations are balanced using average values for each feedstuff. These so-called “book values” often result in over- or under-feeding certain nutrients. More economical and better balanced diets can be formulated using nutrient concentrations determined from feed analysis.